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Dealing With The Dry Streak



     Close to a full month without rain in the quad cities and you can really start to see the impacts. Some cities, businesses and residents might be trying to keep up with a lot of watering but it's an uphill battle right now. It can also be a tough decision to either spend time and resources on it or just let it go.
     Without an end to the dry streak in sight, for many it's just not worth it for the trouble and expense to water the lawn. Tony Walker of Rock Island says he would but it's been too hot. "It's not that cheap, but just to see it get that one last burst before the year is out I'd get out there and water it."
     Cities have to find a balance of what to maintain and what not to. For Rock Island, many of the park areas are just let go because there's no way of watering them. However, it's important that some landscaping features are kept up to keep areas like the downtown attractive. Planters with vibrant flowers downtown get regular drinks from water trucks. At places like city golf courses and Schwiebert Park where there are irrigation systems you can definitely see the difference.
      "They've done a great job with the parks out here and some of the landscaping and have kept it pretty green even though it's been hot and a drought for rain," said Walker.
     Over at Short Hills Country Club in East Moline keeping the course up to par is a big task.  "If you don't have an area that has a sprinkler head on it it's pretty much dormant right now," said Tim Gravert, golf course superintendent.
     Lately his crew of three to five has been working extra hours and hauling 100 foot long hoses to get water to areas that need it.
     "If the grass gets to a certain point it will outright just die. You either got to re-sod or reseed the areas in order to get them back into good conditions," added Gravert. His fingers are crossed that rain will come sooner rather than later so that other areas have a chance to bounce back before fall.
     There is an upside. City public works crews say it means less mowing they have to do and more opportunities to do other maintenance like street work.


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